Why have a key box?
It is important that emergency response personnel have clear access to fires and medical incidents. In the event of a fire or life-threatening medical emergency, fire personnel must be able to reach the scene as quickly as possible. In a true emergency, a few seconds literally can mean the difference between life and death. How quickly crews can begin fighting a fire often will determine how successful they are in stopping the fire and preventing further damage. Fire Code requirements pertaining to emergency access were written to help the Fire Department respond quickly and safely to all occupancies in the city. Your compliance with these requirements will help us to better help you in an emergency.
Knox Rapid Entry System
The Phoenix Fire Department uses the Knox Rapid Entry System for emergency access systems. The Phoenix Fire Department requires all order forms for Knox devices to be signed by a Phoenix Fire Department Fire Inspector. This helps to ensure that not only will the key lock work with all Phoenix assigned keys but that the device is installed in accordance with Phoenix Fire Code requirements.
Once you have obtained a Phoenix Fire Department signed authorization order form you may mail or fax the form to:
1601 West Deer Valley Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Plans must be submitted with the permit application to the City of Phoenix Planning and Development Services Department 200 W. Washington, Phoenix City Hall, 2nd Floor.
Emergency Access Plan Review Application
Premise identification review; fire lane marking, identification of fire protection equipment, key boxes, stairwell identification, and pedestrian gates. Do not submit complete sets of building plans. Plans should include:
- Overall site plan
- Building elevation
- Page(s) dedicated to details depicting all emergency access required components.
Emergency Access Detail Book
These chapters contain electronic files, which make up the Emergency Access Regulations book. The book has been developed to make it easy for commercial and residential property owners, architects, builders, gate companies, sign companies and others to fully understand the emergency access requirements of the Phoenix Fire Department and Fire Code.
The documents below are in PDF format and some are very large. File sizes range from 1 to 98 megabytes. To request a particular document be e-mailed or faxed to you please contact us. To view the pages, you will need the free Adobe Reader. Download it here.
Emergency Access Detail Book
| ||Chapter 1|
Fire Lane Standards. Alternative Surface Fire Lanes
Fire Protection Systems Signage
| ||Chapter 2|
| ||Chapter 7|
| ||Chapter 3|
Building & Property Addresses
Apartment Directional Signs
Manual Vehicle Gates
| ||Chapter 4|
Private Community Street Signage
HAZMAT Identification (Fire Diamond)
| ||Chapter 5|
Lock Boxes/Key Switches
| ||Chapter 10|
ADA Accessible Parking Details